11 Ways to Celebrate Halloween at Home

Celebrate Halloween at home with these festive activities.

No matter your age, celebrating Halloween with scary movie nights, themed treats, jack-o'-lantern carving, and dressing up is objectively fun. The good times don't have to stop at costume parties and haunted houses, either. Here are 11 ways to celebrate Halloween at home.

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1. Get all dressed up, even if there’s nowhere to go.

Even if you don't have a costume party to go to, dressing up can be just as fun at home. Target has an out-of-this-world selection of Halloween costumes, including adaptive costumes. With a range of adorable family costumes, you can easily match your crew for at-home celebrations, and Target's adorable pet costumes mean your furry friends can join in, too. Open the fun up to others by hosting a virtual Zoom costume contest with friends and family.

2. Tell, watch, or read ghost stories.

Take a virtual tour of famous haunted houses for a firsthand look into some of these eerie homes and hotels. Light a fire in the fireplace and tap into your own repertoire of spooky tales, or read about the most haunted cities in America and the ghosts that call them home.

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3. Carve a pumpkin.

Is it even Halloween if you don't carve a pumpkin? Step up your jack-o'-lantern game this year by upgrading your pumpkin carving tools with this top-rated carving kit and these pumpkin punchers that make creating pumpkin art super easy.

4. Pump up the ominous jams.

Get into the festive spirit with a sinister playlist. This one from Spotify features classics like "Ghostbusters," "Monster Mash," and dozens more, so you can dance the night away with your best rendition of "Thriller" or otherwise. If you don't already have a quality Bluetooth speaker, now's the time to invest in one — this Bose portable smart speaker is a great option.

Halloween cocktail with lychee and blueberry eye
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5. Mix up a potion of your own.

Every night is ghoul's night leading up to Halloween, so mix up a potion of your own with a festive drink. Serve your favorite cocktails inside hollowed-out mini pumpkins, and garnish them with gummy worms, candy corn, or plastic spiders. Need some wine, beer, or liquor delivered ASAP? Check out Minibar or Saucey to have all your drink ingredients sent straight to your door.

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6. Have a scary movie night.

It's spooky season, and watching scary movies is a must. Don't worry if you're not one for the horror genre — there are plenty of funny Halloween flicks to choose from, too. Netflix has many films and TV shows, including "The Conjuring" and "Goosebumps." "Parasite," and "Halloween" are among the popular scary movies available on Hulu. Find family-friendly Halloween movies like "Hocus Pocus," "The Nightmare Before Christmas," and more on Disney+.

Airbnb Virtual Tarot Card Reading
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7. Do a (virtual) tarot card reading.

Looking for something unique to do this Halloween? Learn tarot. Dig into the history of tarot card practice and get a reading of your own by booking a virtual tarot party through Airbnb — you might be surprised at what you find out.

Magician virtual show via Airbnb
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8. Watch a magic show from home.

You don't have to leave the house to enjoy live entertainment this Halloween. Airbnb Experiences brings magic acts from around the globe straight to your living room. These two magicians will delight audiences with a show before revealing some of their tricks so you can practice your own tricks at home.

Book Secrets of Magic from $26 per person or David's Joy to the Team Virtual Magic Show and Lesson rom $28 per person, both on Airbnb.

A fall leaves wreath and decorative bats for Halloween
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9. Decorate.

Whether you're going for a spooky haunted house look or more of a pumpkin patch vibe, decorating for the holiday is fun even if it's just for yourself. This fall foliage-inspired wreath will add some flair to your front door, these bat decals are perfect for adding a spooky touch to any room, and these jack-o'-lantern string lights can brighten up your indoor or outdoor space.

10. Create your perfect Halloween grazing board.

Halloween-themed grazing boards are the festive snack option you didn't know you needed. Create an autumnal harvest feast by adding seasonal fruits (figs, cranberries, pumpkins, and apples) to your meat and cheese board, then throw in a handful of your favorite fall sweets. Pro tip: Cut a soft cheese like brie using a ghost-shaped cookie cutter for an adorably spooky touch.

Dia de los Muertos Sugar Candy Skulls
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11. Learn about autumn traditions around the world.

Even though Halloween is a huge deal in the U.S., other holidays take center stage in countries around the world in late October and early November. Día de los Muertos is one of the most famous — and you can learn all about it through a Day of the Dead virtual Airbnb Experience starting at $20 per person.

Elizabeth Rhodes is an associate digital editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her adventures on Instagram at @elizabetheverywhere.

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